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The five best things to do this weekend in Chicago

Written by
Grace Perry

1. Catch this year’s finest films

The Chicago International Film Festival is now in its second week, so make sure you see a film or two before it’s over! Not sure where to start? Check out our recs here. (AMC River East 21, 322 E Illinois St, various times. $8-$20 per screening)

2. Party with the dinosaurs

Kick off the Field Museum’s new exhibit, “Tattoo,” with drinks and DJs at EVOLVE: Ink. Maybe you’ll be inspired to get inked yourself. (The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Sat 8pm. $100, VIP $125)

3. Laugh with Chicago’s best stand-ups

The Lincoln Lodge is one of the most consistently great stand-up shows in Chicago—no fumbling over the mic or nervous jitters. These comedians are rising pros. (Subterranean, 2011 W North Ave, Fri 8pm. $10)

4. Gorge yourself for a good cause

The Chicago Celebrity Chef Ball brings together more than 60 chefs and bartenders for an unforgettable culinary experience. The event is Meals on Wheels’s annual fundraiser, so you can feel good about stuffing your face. (Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N Morgan St, Sat 6pm. $200-$350)

5. Listen to indie rock you can actually dance to

South African synth-pop musician St. Lucia brings his reborn ’80s pop to Concord Music Hall on Saturday. Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio opens behind his new solo record. (Concord Music Hall, 2047 N Milwaukee Ave, Sat 7pm. $23)

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